I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, June 20, 2014

My Reflection for Friday June 20, Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 6:19-23

Gospel: Matthew  6:19-23
(Jesus said to his disciples) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”
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Will it be OK with us if we remain materially poor but spiritually rich? Yes, without any second thought, what are we to do with all the material things of this world if we have no God and if we are empty spiritually? Everything that we have is worthless no matter how expensive it is if we don’t have God in our lives.

Material possessions can fly away from our hands anytime; we have no hold on it. Material possessions also drives us away from God it slowly but surely sucks us away from our firm belief of God and we must be wary of this.

Material possession per see is not bad for the simple reason that it could really help us alleviate our wellbeing. But on the same vein we must not also allow it to take control of us. We must take control of material possessions and not material possessions controlling us.

Let us take a closer look at ourselves and reflect for there may be signs of enslavement of material wealth in favor of God. For example, if we sacrifice our time for God in favor of our work, if we allow material wealth to corrupt us in favor of our love for God. Then these are sure signs that we allow material wealth to get hold on us rather than God.

Whether we like it or not all of us will be at the threshold of mortal death someday. Where shall we go then if all we do is to embrace the hedonist lifestyle of this world?  

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